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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tasty Blog Tour: How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days/The Wedding Audition by Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann (Review & Giveaway)


Good Monday everyone. I know, "How is it possible for it to be a 'Good' Monday?" I'm trying to be optimistic here! At least today I have some great stuff for you. The Runaway Brides series was surprisingly good. I've never read Joanne Rock or Catherine Mann before but I have to say they're a pretty good writing team! So enjoy today's post and don't forget to enter the giveaway! And Catherine is my kind of hero! An active volunteer with an animal rescue and serving on the Board of Directors? A-Mazing!

About Joanne Rock
Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms-- fits her life outlook perfectly. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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About Catherine Mann

USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets).

Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

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Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: April 7, 2015

He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride calls foul…

After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, Melanie Webb wonders if she’s fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socks—and more!—right off her. She couldn’t resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet.

But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can persuade her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… with a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

Marry in haste, repent in leisure or so the saying goes. In Melanie Webb’s case, the ink on her marriage certificate isn’t even dry yet before she’s panicking and fleeing the courthouse, leaving her new husband dumbfounded.



Baseball player Grady Hollis was never surer about anything in his life when it came to marrying Melanie. Sure, their courtship was whirl wind but he just knew she was it for him. When she suddenly runs out on him, Grady is thrown for a loop. Chasing after her, he finds out it’s more than just a case of cold feet for Melanie and now Grady only has a limited amount of time to convince her to stay or he’ll have to let her go forever.

This was so not what I was expecting. How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days wasn’t an over the top, mushy, mushy romance. For a novella, it had a surprising amount of conflict, passion and drama. Usually novellas fall short in the storyline department due to the length constrictions. In this case, I felt that I got an entire story within a short amount of time. It was quick, it was interesting and I liked both Grady and Melanie.

Final Verdict: What a great way to introduce a series. I know I'm going to be looking out for more from this series.


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Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: April 7, 2015

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta's favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There's no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is too keep her very, very close.

Well that was totally unexpected!

At the end of the novella, How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days, reality show star Annamae Jessup seemed to be happily engaged to Atlanta’s favorite baseball player.

Fast forward to The Wedding Audition and Annamae has earned the title of “The Hit and Run Bride” after she walked out on her fiance on tv. Eager to escape the prying eyes of the media, Annamae decides to find the grandmother she’s never met and ends up meeting a whole mess of relatives in the back woods of Beulah, Alabama, including the mysterious Wynn Rafferty.

Posing as an apple farmer, Wynn needs to lay low. His last job put his life in danger and landed him in the witness protection program. So when Annamae blows into town, she brings drama, attention and a red hot attraction with her.

As light hearted as the title sounds, The Wedding Audition had more kick to it than I thought! There’s the drama provided by Annamae and her reality show background, the mystery provided by Wynn, the humor provided by Annamae’s new found family and the danger provided by Wynn’s last job. I loved the combination because it made the whole story all the more interesting. It never got too sappy or too serious. Annamae was a great balance to Wynn’s sometimes too serious personality. He needed some shaking up in his personal life and she sure did provide it!

Annamae comes from a reality show family that is loosely based on a real life family that most of us know all too darn well yet while her mother displayed the characteristics that annoy me about reality show stars, Annamae did not. She was so down to earth and normal that I kept forgetting about her background. I liked her sass and her spirit. She may have felt lost for a lot of the book but that didn’t mean she was going to let anyone walk all over her. She and Wynn clashed in the beginning and that added so much tension to the already present attraction. Their relationship did grow fast but not too fast to where it seemed fake. They were a great couple.

My one thing is that I wished that Annamae would have been able to fully reconcile with Boone, her ex-fiance. He didn’t seem like such a bad guy, he just wasn’t the one for her. He had every right to be angry at her but I felt that they left things so unresolved. I am hoping that Boone gets his own book though. Poor guy deserves a happy ending.


Final Verdict: I'm really liking this series! Bring on the next book!


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- US prize: For the Runaway Bride's Great Escape--A heart-print tote, Scarf for going incognito, and cute dark sunglasses.

- INTL prize: A print copy of Catherine Mann's RESCUE ME and Joanne Rock's NIGHTS UNDER THE TENNESSEE STARS.

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3 comments:

  1. So grateful for the reviews and the spot on the spot on the blog today!! You mentioned about Boone:

    >I am hoping that Boone gets his own book though.>



    Look for him in Bride on the Run that releases in June! We wanted an HEA for him too ;-).

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  2. Thank you for hosting the Runaway Brides!

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  3. Oh I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know about Boone! I can't wait!

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